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  • Nets nearing deal with Michael Beasley
    Michael Beasley is moving toward a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. 

    Advice: Just hours after the Nets reportedly added Jamal Crawford, they look to have their second substitute player lined up to help fill the minutes left by the seven inactive players. Beasley would be in a fantastic spot with the Nets, and he’d certainly cut into Rodions Kurucs’ minutes. Although, he will have to serve a five-game suspension, so Kurucs should still be busy to kick off the restart. Today, 7:49 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard traveling to Orlando in a few days
    Kawhi Leonard did not travel with the team on Wednesday to Walt Disney World for the resumption of the NBA season and he will join the team in a few days, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: The report adds Leonard was given permission by the organization to tend to a family matter. The Clippers shut down their practice facility on July 2, and their first practice in Orlando is scheduled for July 10 from 6:00-9:00 EDT. Leonard could miss that practice along with the practice on July 11, but this shouldn't affect his status for games. Today, 5:14 pm
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  • Shams: Jamal Crawford agrees to deal with Nets
    Jamal Crawford has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Advice: It's a big addition to a Nets team that was missing seven players, especially in the backcourt with Kyrie Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie out. Even with his 19 years' experience, Crawford showed late in the 2018-19 season he can still get buckets with 51 points in his last NBA game back on Apr. 9, 2019.  Besides Caris LeVert, the Nets really need some guys who can score and create their own shots, so Crawford should be able to find some shots in the second unit. His arrival should cut into playing time for Chris Chiozza, Tyler Johnson, Dzanan Musa and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Today, 5:01 pm
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  • Isaiah Roby out for the season
    Isaiah Roby will miss the rest of the season after undergoing a minor procedure on his right plantar fascia.

    Advice: He is not going to travel with the team, and the Thunder will not fill his spot on the roster to keep their roster at 16. The Thunder acquired him from Dallas in January, and Roby logged a grand total of 11 minutes with OKC. The power forward brought some defensive stats in the G League with 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals in 17 games, adding averages of just 8.1 points, 6.1 boards and 1.4 dimes over 20.2 minutes per game. Today, 12:46 pm
    Out For Season
  • Patty Mills, Dwight Howard donating Orlando salary
    Patty Mills will donate the remainder of his NBA salary from Orlando, $1,017,818, to Black Lives Matter Australia and other non-profit organizations.

    Advice: Mills said he's playing in Orlando because he "[doesn't] want to leave any money on the table that could be going directly to black communities." Dwight Howard has also pledged to donate his remaining salary to his 'Breath Again' initiative, and the league has agreed to let players don social- and racial-justice slogans on the back of their jerseys when play resumes. Today, 11:10 am
  • Pau Gasol nears one-year deal with Barcelona
    Pau Gasol is nearing a one-year deal with Barcelona, in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

    Advice: A navicular stress fracture in Pau's left foot forced him to sit out since May, 2019, and it seems he didn't draw any interest from NBA teams headed to the bubble in Orlando. The future Hall-of-Famer is 40 years old but he wants to play in one final Olympics for Spain, and signing with Barcelona will keep him engaged with his Spanish teammates as they gear up for the rescheduled Games in July-August 2021. Today, 8:19 am
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  • Malcolm Brogdon (COVID-19) 'ready' for Orlando
    Malcolm Brogdon (COVID-19) confirmed that he's "ready" to play in Orlando.

    Advice: "Thanks to everyone who's asked how I'm feeling," Brogdon wrote on Wednesday. "I'm feeling well, and I'm ready for Orlando." Victor Oladipo (leg, rehab) and Jeremy Lamb (knee surgery) are both done for the remainder of the season, so Brogdon should be very busy helping the No. 5 seed Pacers battle for playoff position. Today, 8:17 am
  • Brandon Clarke (quad) feels like he did pre-injury
    Brandon Clarke (right quad) said his health is "pretty much the same ... [as it was] pre-injury."

    Advice: "Over these past five to six weeks, I've gotten back to the player that I was," Clarke said. "I got the same balance and running habits [as pre-injury], so it'll all just be about my habits on the court." Memphis is also expected to have Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) and Justise Winslow (back) in the active lineup, which bolsters their chances of holding onto the No. 8 seed. Today, 7:25 am
  • Derrick Jones Jr. (COVID-19) will travel w/ Heat
    Derrick Jones Jr. (COVID-19) has been cleared to join the Heat as they enter the bubble in Orlando on Wednesday.

    Advice: DJJ tested positive two weeks ago, but he's good to go after quarantining and passing multiple tests. He was reportedly asymptomatic the whole time, and will have a few weeks to ramp up his conditioning before the real games begin. Today, 7:11 am
  • Lance Thomas "on Nets' radar" to fill roster spot
    Lance Thomas is "on the Nets' radar" to fill a roster spot in Orlando.

    Advice: Taurean Prince was the most recent Nets player to withdraw from the season's resumption, after he tested positive for coronavirus. At this point, Brooklyn is really just evaluating young guys in the bubble, since their playoff hopes get dimmer by the day. Thomas would provide serviceable two-way depth, but is a very unlikely DFS target. Today, 6:52 am
  • Taurean Prince tests positive for COVID-19
    Taurean Prince has tested positive for Coronavirus and will sit out the Orlando restart, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. 

    Advice: Prince is the seventh Net that won't participate in Orlando, joining Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Wilson Chandler and Nic Claxton. The Nets are expected to sign a few more substitution players for Orlando, but for now it's fair to expect to see a lot of Rodions Kurucs and maybe even Justin Anderson. After an impressive rookie season, Kurucs has a chance to redeem himself after being limited to just 12.8 minutes per game before the NBA was paused. Yesterday, 3:49 pm
    Out For Season
  • Isaac still rehabbing knee, unlikely to play
    Jonathan Isaac is in the bubble with his teammates but is still rehabbing his knee injury. 

    Advice: Al-Farouq Aminu didn't go to the bubble with his team on Tuesday and we still don't know if or when Isaac will be cleared to play. But as Lloyd Christmas once said, "so you're saying there's a chance" we'll see him in uniform at some point, although the Magic have been noncommittal to that. And in a later tweet, Josh Robbins quoted a Magic official as saying "He's at the stage where he can do a little light court stuff, but that's about it." It sounds like he's unlikely to play in the Orlando bubble due to his injury. Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Markelle Fultz excused for personal matter
    Markelle Fultz did not accompany the Magic to the bubble on Tuesday to see to a personal matter. 

    Advice: This is an excused absence and we're guessing he won't be out for too long. We'll pass along details as they become available. Additionally, another member of the Magic has tested positive for COVID but we don't know who it is yet. That player is also not with the Magic at Disney. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
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  • Al-Farouq Aminu doesn't travel to Orlando
    Al-Farouq Aminu did not accompany the Magic to the bubble on Tuesday. 

    Advice: He's rehabbing a knee injury and while it's possible he could join the team at some point, he's not doing so currently. If Jonathan Isaac is healthy, both him and Aaron Gordon would step in to fill the hole left by Aminu's absence. However, Isaac is still said to be rehabbing his knee. Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Nick Nurse fired up about Kyle Lowry
    Nick Nurse is excited about how Kyle Lowry has looked in workouts in Fort Myers thus far. 

    Advice: "He's looking awesome, like really awesome," Nurse said. "He's really working hard... He's going at it everyday, very early in the morning." After getting the last four months off most players should be fully healthy for the restart. The question is more a matter of which players are in shape and which are not? And it sounds like Lowry is in really great shape. Nurse also confirmed that all the Raptors are healthy and ready for training camp at Disney this coming weekend. Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Jamal Crawford may retire next year if unsigned
    Jamal Crawford said he will "probably" retire if he isn't signed by a team prior to next year's playoffs.

    Advice: The 40-year-old can still get buckets, as evidenced by the 51 points he poured in as recently as April 2019. He hasn't found any teams interested enough to give him a contract this year, but isn't yet giving up hope. "It may not be the beginning of next season, maybe a team that's fighting for the playoffs later on in the season. And at that point, probably if it doesn’t happen, I would probably say, ‘Okay, that’s it’." Thursday, 6:50 am
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  • Clarke, Jaren Jackson should be ready
    Coach Taylor Jenkins said Brandon Clarke (right quad) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) are "looking good, feeling good" and are expected to be ready for Orlando.

    Advice: JJJ was extremely close to a return prior to the NBA hiatus, so he should certainly be a full go. Clarke was "progressing" the week of the shutdown, but obviously the time off helped him get right. It'll be interesting to see how the Grizzlies use Clarke, especially if the Grizzlies get the Lakers in the first round and they'll want to have a ton of size against Anthony Davis and the bigger LAL front line. Wednesday, 1:47 pm
  • All Heat players traveling, incl. Derrick Jones Jr
    Derrick Jones Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19 in late June, will travel with the Heat for the season's resumption in Orlando.

    Advice: DJJ was reportedly asymptomatic, and he'll have been negative for two tests before he's cleared to join the team. We'll leave him on the injury report until we've seen him on the practice court. The Heat tend to be overlooked in the playoff conversation, but they'll enter the bubble with the fourth-best record in the East. Wednesday, 9:19 am
  • Markelle Fultz worked to keep 'crazy rhythm'
    Markelle Fultz said he was in a "crazy rhythm" when the season shut down, so he trained up to three hours daily to maintain momentum.

    Advice: "My biggest thing was I didn’t want to lose that rhythm,” Fultz said. “I know how it can get when you don’t pick up a ball for a while. You start to think about other things and you get sidetracked.” He bought a hoop and assembled it himself, and worked on his shooting, ball-handling and conditioning. The varying levels of players' commitment to staying sharp during the hiatus could be a key factor when play resumes in Orlando. Wednesday, 6:34 am
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  • Clifford still non-committal about Isaac
    When asked about the status of Jonathan Isaac (knee) and Al-Farouq Aminu (knee), Magic coach Steve Clifford wouldn't completely rule them out of the Orlando restart. 

    Advice: "They're both in here working every day," Clifford said. "I just think it's really early to try to make an intelligent decision on anything like that." Orlando beat writer said shortly after those comments that it's still "highly unlikely" we see either player, but it's definitely encouraging that their returns are at least on the table. It won't be long before we get another update with mandatory workouts beginning soon. Tuesday, 12:00 pm
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